Galen Barnes Elected Chairperson of Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees

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Thomas Mueller, Sr. Janice Bachman also elected as Board Officers

COLUMBUS, OH – Galen R. Barnes, retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Insurance, has been elected chairperson of the Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees.

Barnes succeeds Monsignor Joseph Hendricks, who served as ODU’s board chair for the past four years. Monsignor Hendricks is Pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish in Dublin, Ohio. He has served as a University trustee since 1999.

“During Monsignor Hendricks’ tenure as board chair, the university experienced unprecedented growth. Our enrollment grew from just under 2,000 students to over 3,100 today. We developed a broad array of new curricular programs, including several new graduate and undergraduate programs. We added six new varsity-level sports and doubled the number of student organizations and clubs,” said Interim President Ron Seiffert.

“Under the board’s stewardship, the university invested over $60 million in new infrastructure to support this growth. We constructed three new residence halls; erected Panther Field; and opened the 100,000-square foot Bishop James A. Griffin Student Centerlast August. In June of this year, we will complete  Battelle Hall , a new science building containing nine new state-of-the-art laboratories to support our commitment to teaching and learning. We are much indebted to Monsignor Hendricks for his leadership and vision in helping to make all of this happen.”

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve Ohio Dominican University on its Path to Preeminence, which the Board of Trustees have pursued since the inauguration of the university’s strategic plan in 2002. Ohio Dominican, under the strong leadership of its past presidents and current interim president, continues to be both an outstanding academic institution and a strong presence for the Catholic Church in Central Ohio,” Hendricks said.

Barnes has served as a university trustee since 1996. He retired as President and COO of Nationwide Insurance in 2003, following a distinguished career in the insurance industry. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from

Indiana University. Barnes is actively involved in the Greater Columbus community, and currently serves on The Ohio State University Self-Insurance Board; in addition to the boards of World Financial Capital Bank and Endurance Specialty Holdings, a Bermudan reinsurance company.

Two other ODU trustees were elected to board offices. Thomas J. Mueller was elected as vice chair; and Sr. Janice Bachman, O.P. was elected as treasurer. All three board officers were elected to three-year terms.

Mueller was appointed to the Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees in December 2007. He is President and Partner of Mueller Consulting Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the restaurant industry. From 2000 to 2006, Mueller served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Wendy’s International, Inc. He began his career at Wendy’s in 1998 as Senior Vice President, Special Projects. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations, North America, for Burger King Corporation, where he began his career in the restaurant industry in 1973. Mueller attended State University of New York College at Fredonia and is a member of the board of directors of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.

Sr. Janice Bachman, a Dominican Sister of Peace from Columbus, Ohio, served on the Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees from 1980-1996 and was re-elected in 2003. Since re-election, Sr. Janice has served on both the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University; an MBA from Xavier University; a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, and a diploma in Analytical Psychology. Sr. Janice brings 13 years’ experience working in health care administration and served a six-year term on the congregational leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.) Currently, she works as a spiritual director, retreat director and Jungian Analyst and has been involved in the training of spiritual directors for the past 14 years. She has been on the summer faculty of Creighton University’s Graduate Program in Christian Spirituality since 1997.